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Rusty's Pub

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The Burger:

Doc Holliday burger

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Rated On:

Jul 18, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

An all beef patty smothered in savory BBQ sauce, slapped between a fresh kaiser. Nothing to complain about with that. Burger was cooked well, toppings were fresh and the bun wasn't stale. All in all, an above average burger from the local watering hole.

The Extras

I often find myself put off by BBQ sauce covered burgers. The sauce to patty ratio is one of the toughest things to master. These folks did a good job of making sure you aren't inundated with a smothering of sauce and no way to taste the burger hiding beneath. The toppings are all fresh and plentiful, and they have Pil' on tap. Can't argue with that.

The Experience

The pub itself is a bit of an oxymoron, as you walk in you feel as if you have just entered a saloon. The bull skulls and horseshoes that adorn the wall remind you of just that, a saloon. The menu offers options such as the "Doc Holliday", and the "Wyatt Earp". Then you notice that Rhianna is playing and that Tuesday has a live DJ and Thurs is Karaoke. That said, you are in Cloverdale, so the expectations should be as such. Not a knock, just my own observations.

My Take

Overall, I was pretty impressed. I mean, it is a pub burger, so you're not getting wild and crazy, and the topping selection is pretty vanilla. However, in terms of a good ol' fashioned pub-fare burg, they do alright.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value


  • 8/10
  • 10/15
  • 7/10
  • 3/5
  • 7/10
  • 4/5
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 3/5
  • 17/20
  • 4/5

Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (7 votes - 3.86)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef


  • Kaiser


  • Mayo
  • BBQ Sauce


  • Cheddar


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Pickles
  • Bacon


  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Garden Salad
  • Cesar Salad
  • Soup


  • Pop
  • Beer